Giant pink pen statue to be built outside of the School

first_imgThe design and access document submitted to Oxford City Council explained that the sculpture was intended to “express the research and learning carried out by the Institute”, although comments by residents to the Council’s planning department included the view that a fountain pen was an “inappropriate choice” due to it being “outdated technology”. Oxford City Council has approved plans by the Blavatnik School of Government to erect a statue of a giant pink pen in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. Craig Martin is currently the Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he was a significant influence on the Young British Artists movement in the late 1980s. He is also internationally regarded for his conceptual work An Oak Tree which has divided critical reception since its debut in 1973. “We’re delighted Sir Michael Craig-Martin’s installation has been given planning permission – he is already known in Oxford for his mural at the JR Children’s Hospital and we hope his new installation will further contribute to the city’s environment and community.” A spokesperson from the Blavatnik School added: “When the Blavatnik School building was granted planning approval, one of the conditions was that we would commission a piece of freely accessible public art.  The artist behind the piece, Sir Michael Craig-Martin is well-known for his sculptures of line drawings of single objects, and he told Cherwell: “The image chosen for Oxford was the fountain pen. The image can be seen as a reference to the signing of important documents, an age-old formality that continues to the present-day.” Image Credit: The Blavatnik School of Government. (Image edited)last_img read more

Jol: Gareth Bale should stay and become a Tottenham legend

first_imgFulham manager Martin Jol believes Gareth Bale should stay at Tottenham and become a legend at the club.The Welshman, signed for Spurs as a 17-year-old by Jol in 2007, has risen to become one of the most talked-about players in world football this season and has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.But ahead of his Fulham side’s game against Spurs on Sunday, Jol made it clear he believes Bale can achieve greatness without going elsewhere.“I hope Bale will stay at Spurs because it’s a very good club for him,” he said.“Spurs have been getting better and better so why shouldn’t he stay there? They have a big support, they’re a big club with a big fan base and he could be a legend there.“Being linked with going abroad is always nice but it could be a risk. When I look at other players from England or from Holland – big players – who have done that it doesn’t always come off.“Whatever he decides to do he will have a big future because he is the best player in the Premier League at the moment.”Jol also admitted he tried to sign Bale on loan for Hamburg when he was manager there between 2008 and 2009.“I wanted to get him on loan in Germany at the time but other clubs were trying to get him too and Tottenham did well to keep him,” he explained.“In hindsight, getting him to sign for Tottenham was very satisfying because everyone could see then he was an exciting talent.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Red Bluff FFA holds speech contest

first_imgAt Red Bluff High School the Agricultural Department held its annual local speaking contest, which offered five different speaking categories — Creed, Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Prepared and Job Interview.Creed speaking is for freshman members, and they must present the FFA Creed from memory. This event boosts self-confidence and develops their ability to communicate in a powerful, professional manner. Congratulations to TC Drury and Jeremiah Taylor who competed in the Creed and are now moving …last_img

Evolution Is Rapid Except When It Is Static

first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new living fossil and others that must have changed rapidly or not at all are described in recent news.Living fossil dinoflagellate:  A paper in Geology describes the discovery of living cysts of a dinoflagellate (a marine unicellular organism with a flagellum) in southeast Asia.  It was supposed to have gone extinct in the early Pleistocene, but then has reappeared today in several spots from Japan to the Philippines.  How do evolutionists explain its persistence unchanged for millions of years?  A press release from the University of Ghent offers the idea of a “refuge” from extinction and evolution:This unicellular species, with planktonic and benthic stages, was previously thought to have become extinct within the early Pleistocene. It evolved more than 50 million years ago and is the last survivor of a major early Cenozoic lineage. The discovery of living D. pastielsii in the IPWP [Indo-Pacific Warm Pool] suggests that this stable environment served as an important refuge for thermophilic dinoflagellates, and its disappearance from the Atlantic following the early Pleistocene implicates cooling.The early Pleistocene starts at 2.5 million years ago.  That’s a long time for isolated locations on earth to maintain a stable environment while the rest of the world was cooling.  It’s also a long time for the creature to escape evolution so much that it is recognizable from fossils more than 50 million years old on the geologic time scale.Fast and furious bears:  “Polar bear evolution was fast and furious,” a headline from Science Magazine reads.  How fast?  The new estimate puts the split between brown and polar bears at about 353,000 to 493,000 years ago – a “blink in time” compared to the previous estimate of 600,000 to 5 million years.  The article adds, however, that modern polar bears can interbreed with brown bears.  This makes them mere varieties of the same species, according to the widely-trusted “biological species concept.”Butterflies and bees:  PhysOrg describes how certain genes for butterfly and bumblebee patterns seem to mutate predictably over and over again.  These genes affect mimicry patterns only, and sometimes it’s not the gene, but how it’s regulated that causes the effects.  Researchers were somewhat surprised to find that the changes were predictable, not random, implying there are mutational “hotspots” that allow the species to adapt to the environment.  Nothing was said about the origin of new organs or functions.More soft tissue in a fossil:  “Petrified sperm” from ostracods is described in fossils reported by Live Science, dating from 16 to 25 million years ago in evolutionary time.  The detail in the fossils is exceptional; coils of the gigantic sperm of this species are clearly seen, as well as the receptacle ducts in the female.  As for how the tissues could be preserved in such exquisite detail for so long, the article only suggests that bat guano falling into the water in the cave was somehow responsible.   It’s not clear from the article if primordial material is present in these fossils.  The inference is from this statement: “preservation in amber is different than preservation in rock, as amber frequently preserves soft tissue and rock rarely does.”  Whatever its condition, here is another fossil that shows no evolution for 25 million years.  One scientist said, “the most astounding aspect of our findings is that it strongly suggests that the mode of reproduction in these tiny crustaceans has remained virtually unchanged to this day.”None of these stories support Darwin’s view of the world: slow, steady, gradual evolution.  For one thing, they militate against millions of years.  They all support complete design from the beginning, rapid variation from built-in mechanisms for designed adaptation, and the complete absence of “evolution” for new information or function.  In other words, they support the Biblical view of recent creation.  “Astounding,” isn’t it.last_img read more

Glen Newcomer, March 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a diversified farm where we grow corn and soybeans and grow seed for a major seed company. We have worked in seed sales for over 30 years with local farmers and we also have a crop insurance agency where we serve farmers in several counties here in northwest Ohio.We have diverse soil types ranging from black sandy loam to heavy clay. The management we use for all of the different soil types varies and timeliness is very important for us to be successful on those different types of farms. We predominantly no-till our soybeans or stale seedbed in the spring. Our corn is generally conventionally tilled. On our sandier soils, residue management is an issue. The soils need help warming up in the spring so tillage allows us to pick up a few extra days at planting time. We may vertically till a few acres this spring for soybean production. We try to minimize our trips over the ground and integrate different technologies to achieve that.We apply gypsum because we have a need to increase the calcium base saturation of our soils and satisfy the sulfur needs. We also believe there are water quality benefits related to that as well.I have some concern about what the spring will be like when the crops break dormancy. Growing degree units may influence our insect pressures this year. I hope we have favorable conditions so pests do not become an issue.I think there are a lot of opportunities in 2017 over 2016. We have higher levels of crop insurance revenue coverage for spring and our input costs are down in terms of fertilizer prices. Those are a couple of positives working in our favor and I am very optimistic about the coming year.last_img read more

Bartomeu Valverde will not leave Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that he has no doubt that Ernesto Valverde will remain at the club beyond this seasonThe 54-year-old coach enjoyed an impressive first campaign in charge of Barcelona last season with La Liga and Copa del Rey titles coming his way in record-breaking fashion.And Valverde looks set to emulate those feats this term as well with Barcelona leading La Liga at the halfway stage from Atletico Madrid by six points.But, in a recent interview, Valverde cast doubt over his long-term future at Camp Nou by suggesting he could leave at the end of this season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We don’t have any doubts here that Valverde will be the Barcelona coach next season,” Bartomeu told Sport.“We will speak with him, of course, in time. That’s what we agreed. He’s a coach we have a lot of confidence in.“He’s doing a great job. He’s an intelligent person, he knows Barcelona’s system of play and he manages the games in a way which we like.”Barcelona will be back in action for Thursday’s second leg in their last-16 Copa del Rey tie with Levante where they hope to overturn a 2-1 deficit.last_img read more

Researchers report celltocell movement of mitochondria through a graft junction of two

first_imgMitochondria. Credit: Wikipedia commons Human beings have been grafting plants for centuries, cutting a branch from one plant and pressing it against an exposed part of another has resulted in fruit trees that bear more than one type of fruit, for example. But, what has not been clear is what else happens during grafting—to the human eye it appears a grafted branch produces the type of fruit it originally would have, but not much else. But genetic research over the past decade has shown that chloroplasts can be exchanged between cells on either side of a graft, and in some cases an entire cell nucleus can be exchanged as well. In this new effort, the researchers have found that cells can exchange mitochondria also which means that plants mix their DNA together when grafting takes place.To find out more about what happens during grafting the researchers grafted one species of tobacco plant onto another, one of which had a mutation that prevented male flowers from growing in a normal way. Next, they sliced off pieces of the plant from the side of the graft that had come from a male sterile plant and planted it resulting in new plants growing individually from the ground. As those plants grew, the researchers found that some of them developed normal male flowers, which showed that mitochondrial transfer had occurred between the two species. When the team looked at the mitochondrial genomes of the plants, they found recombination of the two and were also able to identify the gene that was likely responsible for the male sterility.This new evidence blurs the line between genetically modified plants, or crops that come about due to man-made processes and those that occur naturally, because natural grafting sometimes occurs when two plants grow close to one another. Those who insist that GMOs are harmless will now have another argument to back them up because it now appears that plants have been swapping DNA naturally all along. (—A team of researchers with Rutgers University has found an example via experimentation, of cell-to-cell movement of mitochondria through a graft junction of two tobacco species. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their experiments with grafting tobacco plants and what they learned about cells swapping mitochondria during the aftermath. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Can trees really change sex? Citation: Researchers report cell-to-cell movement of mitochondria through a graft junction of two plant species (2016, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 More information: Csanad Gurdon et al. Cell-to-cell movement of mitochondria in plants, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1518644113AbstractWe report cell-to-cell movement of mitochondria through a graft junction. Mitochondrial movement was discovered in an experiment designed to select for chloroplast transfer from Nicotiana sylvestris into Nicotiana tabacum cells. The alloplasmic N. tabacum line we used carries Nicotiana undulata cytoplasmic genomes, and its flowers are male sterile due to the foreign mitochondrial genome. Thus, rare mitochondrial DNA transfer from N. sylvestris to N. tabacum could be recognized by restoration of fertile flower anatomy. Analyses of the mitochondrial genomes revealed extensive recombination, tentatively linking male sterility to orf293, a mitochondrial gene causing homeotic conversion of anthers into petals. Demonstrating cell-to-cell movement of mitochondria reconstructs the evolutionary process of horizontal mitochondrial DNA transfer and enables modification of the mitochondrial genome by DNA transmitted from a sexually incompatible species. Conversion of anthers into petals is a visual marker that can be useful for mitochondrial transformation. Explore furtherlast_img read more